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About theartguy

Aaron Smith is a Media Arts & Technology Teacher who spends most of his time on computers. In his free time he plays video games, edits videos, and misses his wife dearly.

Leoville.com

circuit boardYou’re in a jam – your computer doesn’t work. It could be a virus, but then again maybe it’s something you accidentally configured wrong. Could it be that your software’s incompatible? Wait … is smoke supposed to come out of THERE?! Oh, if only your user manual didn’t read like it was written in a foreign language!

Fear not gentle souls, for Leo Laporte is here! You may remember Mr. Laporte from the hit TechTV show, “Call for Help.” He’s also on the air in southern California on KFI AM640, a station with more than one decent show broadcast over the internet.

In my opinion one of the best features of this site is the Town Square, a friendly community message board suitable for all ages and full of people willing to help anyone out if they can. When I have a tech problem, this is where I go.

Mark Harden’s Artchive

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Ok, let’s say you’re having a discussion with your students and it leads to an artist whose work is pertinent to the conversation. Unfortunately this spontaneous conversation means that you have no preparation time, and you can’t find the right picture in your Art textbook (assuming you even have one). What do you do? Why, go to the Artchive, of course!

This gem of a resource, maintained by Mark Harden, lists artists my name and by genre. You’ve got a hunt on your hands if you don’t remember an artist’s name or the name of the artwork, but other than that this site is a gold mine for images that are large enough to make half decent 8.5 x 11 prints.